Parse For The Course

2 comments March 12th, 2007at 05:46pm Posted by Eli

From Dubya’s press conference in Colombia, by way of The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin:

Q — Capitol Hill are finding it disconcerting that the number of U.S. troops deployed keeps climbing. Even the budget revisions that you announced a couple of days ago ordered up more. I’m wondering, do you think that the American citizens should now look at the troop buildup that you announced in January, the 21,500, as merely a starting point?


PRESIDENT BUSH: The troop announcement I made was over 20,000 combat troops. Secretary Gates and General Pace went up to Congress and testified to the effect that those combat troops are going to need some support. And that’s what the American people are seeing in terms of Iraq, the support troops necessary to help the reinforcements do their job.

I like how the original figure apparently didn’t include the troops that would be needed to support the troops. Reading between the lines a little bit, this sounds like an admission that the Iraqi troops aren’t doing squat. The Cunning Surge Plan, such as it was, was predicated on significant participation from Iraqi troops, and since that ain’t happenin’, Bush has seen fit to accelerate the total disintegration of the Army, and presumably the Guard and Reserves as well.

In other news, I made under a million dollars last year. Yay me!

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Wankers,War


  • 1. spocko  |  March 12th, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    I heard on Mike Malloy that they aren’t talking about the 40K Blackwater troops and other “contractors” that are going to Iraq to be with the surge. You know the people who are costing use 140,000 each for the time they are there plus hazard pay. They don’t have to follow the same rules that US troops do either.

    I think that when the media talks about the surge they chould count ALL the people deployed NOT JUST the troops.

    PS. I fixed the link on my blog and the blog roll, sorry. I’m a rather self absorbed Vulcan and I need folks to remind me of stuff like that. Now I know why Atrios won’t blogroll me.

  • 2. Eli  |  March 13th, 2007 at 8:41 am


    Frankly, I’d be surprised if they *didn’t* use mercs, given how thinly stretched our military is, and the Bushies’ complete unconcern about the costs of the war.

    And of course, not mentioning the mercs is completely in character. Although I *would* love to hear the Republicans start demanding that we “support the mercs”…

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